Texas courts should be for Texas residents rather than serving as the world’s courts, Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, said when explaining a bill that would change the way courts dismiss lawsuits that fit better in other jurisdictions.

Sheets told members of the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on April 7 that House Bill 1692 would amend state law concerning the forum non conveniens doctrine, in which courts dismiss nonresidents’ lawsuits that have little to no connection to Texas.

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